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Follow the Prospects, Tyler Mapes, RHP
« Topic Start: June 17, 2016, 12:09:56 PM »
2014 30th round pick out of Tulane, currently pitching at Harrisburg.

NatsGM scouting report from 9/7/15
http://natsgm.com/2015/09/07/scouting-washington-nationals-prospect-tyler-mapes/

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Looking the part when he toes the rubber, the 23-year-old Mapes has the physical build and delivery to pitch as a starting pitcher. Mapes is listed at 6-2 205lbs owning a physique more resembling an NFL strong safety, with broad shoulders and powerful legs. He has a relatively simple, compact delivery that he repeats consistently and provides some deception to the batter. He throws from a high three quarters to near over-the-top arm slot, allowing him to get good plane on his pitches. Particularly impressive is his balance through his delivery and the extension he gets toward home plate at pitch release.

Saturday Mapes flashed a 3-pitch repertoire featuring a 88-91mph fastball (touching 93 twice) with some intriguing sinking movement and control within the strike zone. In addition he showed a 75-79mph slider/slurve possessing sweeping, 10-to-4 movement away from right-handed hitters. Finally he threw an 82-84mph changeup showing quality arm speed and arm-side tumbling action – interestingly Mapes threw the changeup to righties as often as to lefties, perhaps indicating his confidence in the pitch.  He needs additional experience and refinement, but Mapes has the potential for three fringe-average to average offerings.

One must begin by crediting the Washington Nationals’ scouting and development staff for finding a player with such a impressive frame, delivery and potential for 3 average pitches on Day 3 of the MLB Draft.  Mapes reminds me of another Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen, another later round selection who pounds the strike zone, repeats his delivery and forces hitters to hit ground balls due to the sink on his fastball. In fact, I would put Mapes ceiling as Stammen, a valuable middle reliever capable of throwing 80+ innings per season and inducing a healthy amount of ground ball outs.

Due to his draft pedigree Mapes will need to succeed at each level to continue his ascent through the minor leagues.  He still faces long odds, but I would not bet against him carving out a career in the major leagues.  Tyler Mapes is definitely a sleeper name in the farm system and someone to remember going forward.

Career stats:
http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=605356#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL

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Re: Follow the Prospects, Tyler Mapes, SP
« Reply #1: June 17, 2016, 12:10:12 PM »
This guy looks like he may be something.  6-4, 2.90 ERA 1.05 WHIP in 13 AA starts in 2016.

Latest update (complete game 3-hit shutout)
http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20160615&content_id=184299758&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb

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Re: Follow the Prospects, Tyler Mapes, RHP
« Reply #2: June 17, 2016, 12:23:27 PM »
Nice thread. Stuff doesn't sound great, but he has some serious size. Could always add a tick or two if he moves to the BP

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Re: Follow the Prospects, Tyler Mapes, RHP
« Reply #3: June 17, 2016, 12:24:00 PM »
Thanks for starting this thread. I too noticed that 3-hit complete game shutout in his last outing. The writeup suggests middle relief, but he reminds me of Roark in his build, pedigree and production. Worth watching anyway.


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Re: Follow the Prospects, Tyler Mapes, RHP
« Reply #5: June 30, 2018, 12:43:49 PM »
Is it time to resurrect this guy's thread?

Don't know what the story is on him, why he missed last year (TJ surgery?), but he's having a terrific 2018 so far.  Not a high number of strikeouts, so maybe he just doesn't have the stuff to make it to the majors, but he's sure doing fine in the minors, and the promotion to Harrisburg doesn't seem to have slowed him down.

http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=t436&player_id=605356#/career/R/pitching/2018/ALL

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Re: Follow the Prospects, Tyler Mapes, RHP
« Reply #6: June 02, 2020, 12:10:18 PM »
released in 2020